Wisconsin's many Norwegian descendents prepare to celebrate Leif Erikson Day
(MILWAUKEE) - Columbus Day is on October 14th but only five days prior is a day set aside to honor an Icelandic explorer who some believe was really the first European to reach North America.
And while Leif Erikson never set foot in Wisconsin, his legacy is honored here like nowhere else. The Badger State was the first to recognize the holiday and for more than 100 years, a statue of the Norse leader stands in Milwaukee’s Juneau Park.
On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Brendan Cullerton shows how Leif Erikson’s legacy lives on in Milwaukee.